Carl Pope

Former Executive Director, Sierra Club

If we stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, it will send America’s industries a message: Get serious about getting off oil.

As the former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club, Carl Pope was at the helm of the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. During Pope's 18 year tenure, Sierra Club led the charge in helping to block more than 125 proposed new coal fired power plants, achieving a 40 percent improvement in the pollution and fuel efficiency of America's passenger vehicles, and launching the Club's Climate Recovery Partnership. Pope came to the role with a distinguished record of progressive activism and leadership. He is now the principal advisor at Inside Straight Strategies, looking for the underlying economics that link sustainability and economic development, and serves as a senior advisor to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Pope has served on the Boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Public Voice, National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, Public Interest Economics Inc, and Zero Population Growth. Carl Pope is the co-author of Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet. 

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A Paris Progress Report

In June 2017, President Trump announced his plan to withdraw the country from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, claiming it disadvantaged the United States. The symbolism of the American government’s retreat overshadowed the reality that the U.S. business community has embraced a low-carbon future. “We committed under Paris to do nothing we weren’t gonna do anyway and that we aren’t doing anyway,” says former Sierra Club chairman Carl Pope. Many countries have also reaffirmed their commitments to the Paris agreement. But how much progress has really been made, both at home and abroad?